Kula Shaker

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British indie-rock band formed by Crispian Mills and Alonza Bevan whilst at college in 1988. Various lineup and name changes (previous members included one of Hayley Mills' ex-boyfriends on vocals and previous monikers the band went under included The Kays and Objects of Desire), plus thanks to Crispian's pilgrimage in 1993, they are famously tinged with an Eastern-fused sound because of Crispian's Hinduism influences.

They originally split in 1999 amid personality clashes, record company intrusion and frustration of competing against the press' infamous lynching towards Crispian after some misinterpreted quotes in 1997. Crispian went on to record a project called Pi (the material never materialised) and The Jeevas. Alonza joined Johnny Marr's band Healers (2) and formed a short-lived band with Paul Winter-Hart called Shep. Winter-Hart also joined the short-lived Thirteen:13 and drummed for Aqualung. Jay Darlington joined Oasis (2) as a live and session musician and carried on with Beady Eye when they split in 2009.

In 2002 a compilation was released entitled "Kollected", which Crispian compiled and wrote sleeve notes for. It also featured a previously unreleased Bob Dylan cover, which was also the band's final recorded song before their split.

In 2004 the band "reformed" for a one-off song "Braj Mandala" on a charity compilation album 'School of Braja' which Crispian had been creative director of, also recording two new songs with The Jeevas too. Crispian laid down the basics of the song and asked the other members individually to play their parts on it. (Jay was the only member not to be involved due to his commitments with Oasis (2)). Crispian and Alonza soon began writing together again and planned a full return. Jamming in the studio birthed the "Revenge of the King" E.P. and a supporting mini-tour in 2005.

Harry Broadbent was hired in 2006 and officially became Jay's replacement.
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Albums

none Demo — Kula Shaker Kula Shaker Demo(Cass, Dem) Not On Label (Kula Shaker Self-released) none UK 1995 Sell This Version
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ESYA 1074 K — Kula Shaker Kula Shaker K (Album) Columbia ESYA 1074 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
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TCD 1230 In Concert 691 — Kula Shaker Kula Shaker In Concert 691(CD, Transcription) BBC Transcription TCD 1230 UK 1996 Sell This Version
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IC 0724 In Concert 724 — Kula Shaker Kula Shaker In Concert 724(CD, Transcription) BBC Worldwide Ltd., BBC Radio International IC 0724 UK 1997 Sell This Version
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PL/KULA01/01 Planet Live! — Kula Shaker Kula Shaker Planet Live!(CD, Promo, Transcription) Austereo MCM PL/KULA01/01 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
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97-13 In The Zone — Kula Shaker Kula Shaker / Local H Kula Shaker / Local H - In The Zone(2xCD, Transcription) Westwood One 97-13 US 1997 Sell This Version
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4931424003 Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts — Kula Shaker Kula Shaker Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts (Album, EP) Columbia, Columbia, Columbia 4931424003 Bulgaria 1999 Sell This Version
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SFKS001CD Strangefolk — Kula Shaker Kula Shaker Strangefolk (Album) Strange F.O.L.K. Records SFKS001CD UK 2007 Sell This Version
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SFKS003CDP Pilgrim's Progress — Kula Shaker Kula Shaker Pilgrim's Progress (Album) Strange F.O.L.K. Records SFKS003CDP UK 2010 Sell This Version
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SFKS007CD K2.0 — Kula Shaker Kula Shaker K2.0 (Album) Strange F.O.L.K. Records SFKS007CD UK 2015 Sell This Version
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SFKS 017LP Live In The East [End] — Kula Shaker Kula Shaker Live In The East [End](LP, Album) Strange F.O.L.K. Records SFKS 017LP UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
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SICX 30142 1st Congregational Church Of Eternal Love (And Free Hugs) — Kula Shaker Kula Shaker 1st Congregational Church Of Eternal Love (And Free Hugs) (Album) Strange F.O.L.K. Records SICX 30142 Japan 2022 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

KULA CD1 Tattva (Lucky 13 Mix) — Kula Shaker Kula Shaker Tattva (Lucky 13 Mix) (Single) Columbia KULA CD1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
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ESCA 6499 Grateful When You're Dead — Kula Shaker Kula Shaker Grateful When You're Dead (EP) Epic ESCA 6499 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
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XPCD837 Govinda — Kula Shaker Kula Shaker Govinda (Single) Columbia XPCD837 UK & Europe 1996 Sell This Version
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XPCD 781, XPCD781 Grateful When You're Dead / Jerry Was There — Kula Shaker Kula Shaker Grateful When You're Dead / Jerry Was There (Maxi, Single) Columbia, Columbia XPCD 781, XPCD781 UK 1996 Sell This Version
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KULA CD3K, KULA CD3 K Tattva — Kula Shaker Kula Shaker Tattva (Maxi, Single) Columbia, Columbia KULA CD3K, KULA CD3 K UK 1996 Sell This Version
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663569 8 Hey Dude — Kula Shaker Kula Shaker Hey Dude (Single, Maxi) Columbia, Columbia 663569 8 Australia 1996 Sell This Version
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JC 154937 Killing Me Softly / Tattva — Kula Shaker Fugees / Kula Shaker Fugees / Kula Shaker - Killing Me Softly / Tattva(7") Columbia JC 154937 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
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CK 68514 Summer Sun E.P. — Kula Shaker Kula Shaker Summer Sun E.P. (EP) Columbia CK 68514 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
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KULA CD6 Hush — Kula Shaker Kula Shaker Hush (Maxi, Single) Columbia, Columbia KULA CD6 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
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XPCD974 Sound Of Drums — Kula Shaker Kula Shaker Sound Of Drums (Single) Columbia XPCD974 UK 1998 Sell This Version
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JC 15549 7 Shower Your Love / Lullaby — Kula Shaker Kula Shaker / Shawn Mullins Kula Shaker / Shawn Mullins - Shower Your Love / Lullaby(7", Jukebox) Columbia JC 15549 7 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
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ESK 41571, 8860, K 67822 Acquiesce / Interview / Tattva (Lucky 13 Mix) — Kula Shaker Oasis (2) / Kula Shaker Oasis (2) / Kula Shaker - Acquiesce / Interview / Tattva (Lucky 13 Mix)(CD, Enh + CD, Single + Ltd, Promo) Epic, Columbia, Columbia ESK 41571, 8860, K 67822 US 1998 Sell This Version
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KULA 23CD Shower Your Love — Kula Shaker Kula Shaker Shower Your Love (Single) Columbia KULA 23CD UK 1999 Sell This Version

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Neo_Chayanne

Neo_Chayanne

April 14, 2022
In the same league of The Beatles & Oasis, Kula Shaker are one of the greatest act of all time!
Chalkers

Chalkers

March 3, 2018
The press hated this band and much of the fickle public were persuaded to believe that this band were capable of achieving nothing. Listen to their music with an open mind - when K was released it was cool to like Oasis (and/or Blur) and the UK was obsessed over the Spice Girls; this kind of music was proudly retro, spiritual and created by so called 'posh kids'; the album should've bombed...but it didn't - it sold bucket loads and the music magazines and radio stations hated them for it.
Despite this, the band has maintained a devoted fanbase over their stop/start career because their music is genuinely good. The level of songwriting is consistently high (although occasionally patchy in their last couple of albums) and the musicianship is excellent. I urge any newcomers to start with K and work forward - K remains their best album and in my mind of the best albums of the 1990s.
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